We got a number of responses to the question, “What Do You Add To Mascara To Make It Less Clumpy?” Here are the top choices:

1. Vegetable Oil   


I added a drop of oil (like jojoba or sweet almond) to an old mascara once…

it didn’t make it like new, but it helped stretch it out a little until I could get to the store to get new mascara. It was still a little clumpy, but smoother so I just put on less and it seemed fine. –

If it’s been less than 3 months, try olive oil. If it’s been more, throw it out… –azn_chick26

2. Soak the tube in Boiling Water

You can put mascara in a gently boiling water of water for a few minutes to make it like new.  –Mary

3. Proper use

Don’t pump your mascara in and out, that’s what makes it dry out quickly and clump. Instead, twirl the wand inside the bottle each time you want to reapply another coat — it slows down its drying. And as you’re putting on your mascara, roll the wand inward as you’re pulling up, it’ll brush out the clumps. It takes some practice, but after you get it down, your lashes should look better. And also try out other brands to see which one really works with your lashes. –just_melmel

This question is from the post, “What Beauty Advice Do You Desperately Need?”

What do you add or put in mascara to make it less clumpy?  I remember when I was younger someone mentioned a method that I forgot — how to fix an old clumpy dry mascara to become “new” again by adding something into the mascara bottle. 

I know people are going to say, “Buy a new mascara,” but I don’t want to waste what I just bought for a lot of money and find out the store probably had it on the shelves for a long period of time before I bought it. 

So, what do you add to mascara to make it less clumpy?